I came back home to show my native homeland the love it deserves

WWhen I told people I was returning home to Puerto Rico, some thought I was making a big mistake. From friends to family, they had a hard time understanding why I would reject a life of apparent opportunity in the U.S. for life on a struggling, albeit paradisiacal, island.


Melissa Alvarado Sierra

Puerto Rican writer. Words in The New York Times, The New Press, Catapult, Lonely Planet, others. Twitter and Instagram: @melissawriting. MelissaAlvarado.com

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